Mitch Talbot is painfully aware of what could be right around the corner following Friday’s 11-7 loss ito Toronto in which the Indians right-hander dished up eight runs in just 5 2/3 innings to take the loss.
Asked if it weighs on his mind worrying about the consequences if he continues to struggle, Talbot was honest.
“Yeah it does,” said Talbot, whose record fell to 2-6 with a 6.33 ERA in 11 starts this season. “It’s a given when you’re in the running and you’re not doing your job like you should - they’re probably going to replace you.”
Tribe manager Manny Acta alluded to that possibility as well.
“He’s not making good pitches,” Acta said after Friday’s 11-7 loss. “He’s got a good repertoire and a good mix of pitches, but he’s not making good pitches. You can have all the pitches in the world, but you do have to make pitches down in the zone, be able to put guys away and pitch ahead because he’s not over powering.”
“Early in the game he’s been hurting himself and ourselves, and then we have to play catch up baseball. He’s scuffling right now, so we’re going to have to look into that….We’re not going to over react over one start, but we do (have options at Triple-A) and we have to look into things because it’s been three and a half months and we have to whatever’s best for the team.”